Magnum P.I. TV Show




Magnum P.I. TV Show


Series Description
    


The Magnum P.I. TV show was a 60 minute drama series on CBS about a private investigator who ran his own agency and also worked as head of security at a wealthy author's estate in Hawaii.

Magnum P.I. Cast

Tom Selleck .... Thomas Magnum P.I.
John Hillerman .... Higgins
Larry Manetti .... Orville Wilber Wright (Rick)
Roger E. Mosley .... Theodore Calvin (T.C.)
Orson Welles .... Robin Masters (Voice Only)
Jeff MacKay .... Mac Reynolds


Magnum P.I. Trivia

Magnum P.I. was to have premiered in May of 1980 but had to be delayed until December due to a writer's strike. Ironically, Tom Selleck had turned down the lead role in the 1981 movie, "Indiana Jones - The Temple of Doom" because he would be doing the Magnum P.I. series during the movie's filming. The movie finished filming by December of 1980. If Tom would have known there would be a writer's strike, he could have taken the role in the movie. As a small concession, Tom did get to portray Indiana Jones in the Magnum P.I. final season episode titled, "The Legend Of The Lost Art" which was a parody of the movie!

The Magnum P.I. TV show replaced the series, "Hawaii Five-0" which had run on CBS for 12 years. This allowed CBS to use the huge production facilities that were in place on the islands for another 8 years! Both shows took place in Hawaii around the same time period. Magnum P.I. characters would even refer Detective Steve McGarrett and his Five-0 unit from time to time!

In episode #70, "Operation: Silent Night", footage is used which shows the Navy destroyer, "U.S.S. Wren". That episode aired in 1983 and the "Wren" was scrapped in 1975! Oops!

From bits and pieces of information from numerous episodes, we can piece together a biography for Thomas Magnum. When he wore his naval uniform, we could tell that he had won the Navy Cross, the countries second highest honor for naval personnel. The uniform also carried a naval special warfare insignia which means that Thomas had been a Navy SEAL. It had been mentioned that Thomas' father and grandfather had also served in the Navy. Thomas graduated from the Naval Academy and served as a SEAL in Vietnam. After the Vietnam War ended, he was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a Naval Intelligence officer. And that's how he came to his life as a P.I. in Hawaii on the TV show!

In episode #9, "Lest We Forget", Miguel Ferrer played the part of his father, "Jose Ferrer" at an earlier age. In the same episode, Anne Lockhart played a younger version of her mother, "June Lockhart".

ABC was planning to cancel the Magnum P.I. TV Show at the end of the seventh season. There were a huge number of complaints from fans and ABC decided to renew the show for another season. The "series finale" episode had already been filmed, however, with Thomas Magnum being killed by gangsters! When the next season rolled around, Thomas was portrayed as a ghost for a couple of episodes. Then it was explained that his "death" had been a dream.

In the two-part final episode of Magnum P.I. titled, "Resolutions", Thomas Magnum was reunited with his long lost daughter, quits the private investigator business, and rejoins the Navy.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

1..... Don't Eat The Snow In Hawaii (12/11/1980)
2..... China Doll (12/18/1980)
3..... Thank Heaven For Little Girls And Big Ones, Too (12/25/1980)
4..... No Need To Know (1/8/1981)
5..... Skin Deep (1/15/1981)
6..... Never Again, Never Again (1/22/1981)
7..... The Ugliest Dog In Hawaii (1/29/1981)
8..... Missing In Action (2/5/1981)
9..... Lest We Forget (2/12/1981)
10... The Curse Of The King Kamehameha Club (2/19/1981)
11... Thicker Than Blood (2/26/1981)
12... All Roads Lead To Floyd (3/12/1981)
13... Adelaide (3/19/1981)
14... Don't Say Goodbye (3/26/1981)
15... The Black Orchid (4/2/1981)
16... J. Digger Doyle (4/9/1981)
17... Beauty Knows No Pain (4/16/1981)


Season 2

18... Billy Joe Bob (10/8/1981)
19... Dead Man's Channel (10/15/1981)
20... Woman On The Beach (10/22/1981)
21... From Moscow To Maui (10/29/1981)
22... Memories Are Forever (11/5/1981)
23... Tropical Madness (11/12/1981)
24... Wave Goodbye (11/19/1981)
25... Mad Buck Gibson (11/26/1981)
26... The Taking Of Dick McWilliams (12/3/1981)
27... The Sixth Position (12/17/1981)
28... Ghost Writer (12/24/1981)
29... The Jororo Kill (1/7/1982)
30... Computer Date (1/14/1982)
31... Try To Remember (1/28/1982)
32... Italian Ice (2/4/1982)
33... One More Summer (2/11/1982)
34... Texas Lightning (2/18/1982)
35... Double Jeopardy (2/25/1982)
36... The Last Page (3/4/1982)
37... The Elmo Ziller Story (3/24/1985)
38... Three Minus Two (4/1/1982)


Season 3

39... Did You See the Sunrise? (9/30/1982)
40... Ki'i's Don't Lie - Part 1 (10/7/1982) (Part 2 on Simon and Simon)
41... The Eighth Part Of The Village (10/14/1982)
42... Past Tense (10/21/1982)
43... Black On White (10/28/1982)
44... Flashback (11/4/1982)
45... Foiled Again (11/11/1982)
46... Mr. White Death (11/18/1982)
47... Mixed Doubles (12/2/1982)
48... Almost Home (12/9/1982)
49... Heal Thyself (12/16/1982)
50... Of Sound Mind (1/6/1983)
51... The Arrow That Is Not Aimed (1/27/1983)
52... Basket Case (2/3/1983)
53... Birdman Of Budapest (2/10/1983)
54... I Do? (2/17/1983)
55... Forty Years From Sand Island (2/24/1983)
56... Legacy From A Friend (3/10/1983)
57... Two Birds Of A Feather (3/17/1983)
58... ...By Its Cover (3/31/1983)
59... The Big Blow (4/7/1983)
60... Faith And Begorrah (4/28/1983)


Season 4

61... Home From The Sea (9/29/1983)
62... Luther Gillis: File 521 (10/6/1983)
63... Smaller Than Life (10/13/1983)
64... Distant Relative (10/20/1983)
65... Limited Engagement (11/3/1983)
66... Letter To A Duchess (11/10/1983)
67... Squeeze Play (11/17/1983)
68... A Sense Of Debt (12/1/83)
69... The Look (12/8/1983)
70... Operation: Silent Night (12/15/1983)
71... Jororo Farewell (1/5/1984)
72... The Case Of The Red-Faced Thespian (1/19/1984)
73... No More Mr. Nice Guy (1/26/1984)
74... Rembrandt's Girl (2/2/1984)
75... Paradise Blues (2/9/1984)
76... The Return Of Luther Gillis (2/16/1984)
77... Let The Punishment Fit The Crime (2/23/1984)
78... Holmes Is Where The Heart Is (3/8/1984)
79... On Face Value (3/15/1984)
80... Dream A Little Dream (3/29/1984)
81... I Witness (5/3/1984)


Season 5

82... Echoes Of The Mind (9/27/1984)
83... Mac's Back (10/11/1984)
84... The Legacy Of Garwood Huddle (10/18/1984)
85... Under World (10/25/1984)
86... Fragments (11/1/1984)
87... Blind Justice (11/8/1984)
88... Murder 101 (11/15/84)
89... Tran Quoc Jones (11/29/1984)
90... Luther Gillis: File #001 (12/6/1984)
91... Kiss Of The Sabre (12/13/1984)
92... Little Games (1/3/1985)
93... Professor Jonathan Higgins (1/10/1985)
94... Compulsion (1/24/1985)
95... All For One (1/31/1985)
96... The Love-For-Sale Boat (2/14/1985)
97... Let Me Hear The Music (2/21/1985)
98... Ms. Jones (3/7/1985)
99... The Man From Marseilles (3/14/1985)
100. Torah! Torah! Torah! (3/28/1985)
101. A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken (4/4/1985)


Season 6

102. Deja Vu (9/26/85)
103. Old Acquaintance (10/3/1985)
104. The Kona Winds (10/10/1985)
105. The Hotel Dick (10/17/1985)
106. Round And Around (10/24/1985)
107. Going Home (10/31/1985)
108. Paniolo (11/7/1985)
109. The Treasure Of Kalaniopu'u (11/14/1985)
110. Blood And Honor (11/21/1985)
111. Rapture (11/28/1985)
112. I Never Wanted To Go To France, Anyway (1/2/1986)
113. Summer School (1/9/1986)
114. Mad Dogs And Englishmen (1/23/1986)
115. All Thieves On Deck (1/30/1986)
116. This Island Isn't Big Enough (2/13/1986)
117. Way Of The Stalking Horse (2/20/1986)
118. Find Me A Rainbow (3/13/1986)
119. Who Is Don Luis Higgins and Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things To Me? (3/20/1986)
120. A Little Bit Of Luck - A Little Bit Of Grief (4/3/1986)
121. Photo Play (4/10/1986)


Season 7

122. L.A. (10/1/1986)
123. A Picture Is Worth (10/8/1986)
124. Straight And Narrow (10/15/1986)
125. A.A.P.I. (10/22/1986)
126. Death And Taxes (10/29/1986)
127. Little Girl Who (11/5/1986)
128. Paper War (11/12/1986)
129. Novel Connection (11/19/86)
130. Kapu (11/26/1986)
131. Missing Melody (12/3/1986)
132. Death Of The Flowers (12/10/1986)
133. Autumn Warrior (12/17/1986)
134. Murder By Night (1/14/1987)
135. On The Fly (1/21/1987)
136. Solo Flight (2/4/1987)
137. Forty (2/11/1987)
138. Laura (2/25/1987)
139. Out Of Sync (3/11/1987)
140. The Aunt Who Came To Dinner (3/18/1987)
141. The People vs. Orville Wright (4/1/1987)
142. Limbo (4/15/1987)


Season 8

143. Infinity And Jelly Doughnuts (10/7/1987)
144. Pleasure Principle (10/14/1987)
145. Innocence: A Broad (10/28/1987)
146. Tigers Fan (11/4/1987)
147. Forever In Time (11/11/1987)
148. The Love That Lies (11/18/1987)
149. A Girl Names Sue (1/13/1988)
150. Unfinished Business (1/20/1988)
151. The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company (1/27/1988)
152. The Legend Of The Lost Art (2/10/1988)
153. Transitions (2/17/1988)
154. Resolutions - Part 1 (5/1/1988)
155. Resolutions - Part 2 (5/8/1988)




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